Word and World (Wort und Welt): Luther Across Borders

The Fourteenth International Congress for Luther Research will take place at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California from August 14-19, 2022. Welcome!

IMPORTANT updates (latest update 6/20/2022): 


Registered participants, please know that a welcome letter/email has been emailed to you on June 20, 2022. Please read it carefully with all the attachments (two), one from your local committee and one from the university. Your reply is promptly needed to the survey the university needs for their records and to better assist all participants. Also, for those of you who had requested on campus housing: please read the welcome letter/email carefully for important information about your housing options.
You will receive a printed progam, a map, and other materials upon your arrival on campus. This website also includes essential information that we trust is helpful to you as you plan your trip and participation.
Information on the check-in process and meal tickets is included in your welcome letter/email. To repeat: if you pre-purchased meal tickets, you will receive them on campus. If you did not, but would like to buy meal tickets,  please also know that anyone can buy them - and a rec pass (pool) - when on campus; there will be a hospitality desk open on campus every day (Sunday 3-4pm, Mon-Friday 10:30-11:30am, at Samuelson Chapel) during the conference.


If you have not received any emails from us, and/or from your seminar leader, and/or if your email has changed from the time of registration, please contact us immediately.  We have no other way of contacting you and communicating with you. Also, if you receive an email about your registration or housing or travel, please reply promptly, to avoid delays in the processing of different details.


Please notice that the Registration is closed, as is the window for refunds (except for housing - see the welcome letter/email). Because of the global situation, deadlines were extended as long as it was feasible.  
Travel questions: Information on different options can be found on this website. Also, it would be beneficial for individuals and groups of travellers to coordinate with their plans for arrival and departure (especially from LAX). Once there is a clearer picture of the needs for assistance, there can be strategizing on this. (On ground transportation questions, please contact Rev. Steve Herder pastorsteve@alcto.org.) Uber and Lyft are inexpensive and easy to arrange. 
The Local Committee, with the generous staff at PLTS and CLU, is preparing the campus for your arrival. The Program designed by the international Planning Committee is exciting with twelve special keynote presenters and twenty seminars.  


We welcome you all to campus to start our week together on August 14 with an Opening lecture by Dr. Robert Kolb, the President of the Congress (Samuelson Chapel), and a welcome reception (Lundring Events Center), with local delicious food and beverages, sponsored by the hosting institution California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, in partnership with sister California schools the Graduate Theological Union and Redlands University.
Each day begins with a Morning Prayer at the university chapel, led by select Congress participants, with a brief homily and music (Samuelson Chapel).
In the mornings, we gather at the university chapel for the keynote presentations - twelve in all (Samuelson Chapel).
After lunch, we work in our respective seminars - twenty in all (Soiland Humanities Building).
Coffee/tea breaks are offered both in the morning and afternoon (Overton Hall).
Each night (except on Wednesday, the Excursion day) we welcome you to an early evening Reception on our beautiful campus for light food and beverages (California wines and beer and non-alchoholic), sponsored by different organizations: California Lutheran University, Pacific Lutheran Theologial Seminary, Graduate Theological Union,  and Redland University (Sunday, Lundring Events Center), Pitt's Theology Library/Emory University (Monday, location TBA), Concordia Seminary (Tuesday, Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences lawn), Wabash College and St. Olaf College (Lundring Events Center).
On Wednesday afternoon, those registered for the Excursion will take a trip to Santa Barbara (pick up at Ullmans Commons), after the morning's short presentations and panels (Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences).
We will end our week with a Friday night Gala under the stars (Kingsmen Park).
Your local committee


PS Pack your bathing suit and a sweater - the nights can be cool, while the days can be hot.



Please notice that there have been some changes in the Program; please check the schedule for lectures. Any pertinent information will be posted here in due time.



ABOUT COVID-19 AND OUR SAFETY - this information updated as updates needed and available. Stay tuned for (by) June 30, 2022 posting on this matter that applies to us all.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic, these plans are made with the understanding that if modifications need to take place, they will be communicated via this website and via email to all registered participants. IMPORTANT: By the end of June 2022, language about current protocols and expectations regarding Covid to be updated, in light of current data and recommendations pertaining to domestic and international guests, TBA on this website. [6/25/22]

[2021] Please be advised that California Lutheran University follows all state, county, and federal safety precautions for higher education for campus services as well as the residential community. For frequent and live updates pertaining to CLU  (e.g., regarding vaccinations, masks, and other campus regulations), see www.callutheran.edu/know.   

[2/18/22] Please know that the health and safety of all participants in the Luther Congress is our priority.  Althought CLU has a Covid policy designed specifically for Visitors to campus, this policy envisions Visitors who will only be on campus for a brief period of time. As a result, the Congress will follow CLU's policy for Staff/Faculty:  https:www.callutheran.edu/know/policies. The policy currently requires vaccination and booster (with "qualifying exemptions)", and the use of medical masks in indoor spaces. We will continue to review the policy in light of changing CDC guidelines and university reqruirements and will keep you posted.  [posted 2/18/22]  [please notice, this posting reflects the situation in winter 2022]

IMPORTANT: Updated language and information on the Congress protocols regarding Covid will be posted by the end of June, after current data and recommendations have been reviewed carefully.  Be assured, this revision is not prompted by any outbreaks in the area but as our effort to stay current with the recommendtations (pertaining to domestic and international travellers and campus activities) and to share accurate and helpful information with all concerned. Your safety is our priority. Posting to be expected by June 30th, 2022. [6/25/22; 6/27/22]

Any developments relating to the Congress will be posted on this website. Group emails are used sparingly and as needed. In addition to the June 2022 email, participants can expect another emailing (e.g. about Covid regulations) before the congress. 

With any questions, feel free to contact kstjerna@plts.edu, co-chair of the Congress, and any of the local committee members. [2/18/22; 6/26/22]       




Program Schedule

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Registration & Fees

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Testimonials and Words of Welcome
“It is very exciting to host the 14th International Congress for Luther Research in Thousand Oaks, California, USA! The words ‘Luther’, ‘International’, and ‘Research’ describe the nature of this cherished “summit” meeting that takes place every five years, and, importantly, always in a different part of the world. Each hosting context opens new avenues for Luther scholarship that benefits from the rich group of participants, varying from a seasoned scholar to a person newly interested in connecting their scholarship with Luther. The seminars are the soul of the congress, a friendly place for sharing research, mentoring, and fellowship. The broad spectrum of keynote presentations invites healthy debate and discussion. The receptions at the end of the day are the climax of each day where new and old friends meet over something tasty to eat and more Luther-talk. I was invited to my first Congress in 2002, in Copenhagen, and I could not briefly describe the importance these meetings ever since have had in my reading and teaching of Luther, mentoring and collegial relations, and friendships. I was invited once. Now, it is my pleasure to invite you.”

Kirsi Stjerna

“I attended my first Luther Congress in 2017. It was unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended. Everyone who attends the Congress participates in a seminar that meets every day of the Congress and provides space for every participant to present their scholarship. I participated in the “Luther and Women” seminar with many incredible scholars, and the opportunity to be in sustained discussion with the same people all week led to such a deepening not just of the myriad of issues related to the topic but also to a deepening of relationship with every person in the seminar. I look forward with great anticipation to the Luther Congress 2022!”

Deanna A. Thompson

“Why am I going to the Luther Congress in Thousand Oaks next year?  I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I have never been involved in a conference that is more intense and more interesting than this one. I didn’t have any preconceived idea about what I was getting into at my first Congress, in Erfurt in 1983—in fact, I had never even heard of it, but my Doktorvater handed me the invitation and told me I should go. I chose a seminar, developed a research topic, and off I went!  It was a life-changing experience for me as a 25-year-old graduate student. Of course, it was a significant year, and the location, the Augustinerkloster in Erfurt, couldn’t be beat! But to just sit down at one of the many simple and casual meals and to find that you were chatting with someone from across the world (and often a different generation) whose book you’d loved (or hated) and get to talk about things you both cared about—well, that was the priceless part. I’ve never missed one since. One of the great things about Luther studies is the International Congress for Luther Research, and scholars in North America have a rare opportunity in 2022 to attend a Congress that is being held on our continent for only the third time since 1954. And if you have some spare time, you can go to the beach! “

R. Guy Erwin